Comiston Farmhouse... Securing the Future

Farmhouse now for sale on residential property market.

URGENT: "Listing" could prevent demolition.

UPDATE, 1 JUNE 2016: Historic Environment Scotland have publish their decision NOT to grant Comiston Farmhouse "Listed" status [Link to documentation about the decision].

If the farmhouse can be "listed" by Historic Scotland before a Planning Application is lodged, this would likely prevent its demolition... but an application will probably be lodged by 27 April 2016, so RAPID ACTION is needed.

Anyone can lodge a request to list a building, and on the fourth page of the application form is a box to give the "Threat" the building is under, which will enable Historic Scotland to prioritise their assessment.

Visit: the Historic Scotland page describing how to apply. There you find a link to a PDF file which is the Application Form (here's a direct link to the PDF, but you may still wish to read about what's involved at the previous link).

Read more about "Listing" a building on the "Action Information" page of this site... and if you'd like to help save this modest but handsome example of a mid-19th century gentleman farmer's house (apparently designed by a pupil or employee of the renowned William Henry Playfair) then please act swiftly and send in a listing application.

Thank you.

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I regularly walk past this building and am horrified that it is set for demolition. A wonderful historic house with beautiful trees around, have lodged comment on council planning portal as suggested by recent flyers. It would be so detrimental for local residents and the surrounding area. It seems ridiculous that it hasn't any protection against this type of development.


I am not local to the Comiston district, but came across this on Ian Murray's newsletter.

Ammo for those wanting to get this listed. There are a number of old and really interesting farm buildings in what has now become the City of Edinburgh, but they are being steadily eroded due to ignorance of farming history, and I can think of several that have been destroyed in recent years, where they might have been attractive and instructive ornaments to subsequent development. Although the steadings have all gone, the interest of this surviving farmhouse is as a prime example of the dwelling and status of a prosperous Lothian tenant farmer during the 19th cent. Then Mid and East Lothian actually led the world in agriculture, and people came from all over Europe and the emergent US to see how it was done. From the photos it looks remarkably as is must have been when it was built. Many of those on what are still working farms have been altered substantially. To destroy this would be an act of ignorant vandalism.


A great campaign Liz, I am not sure how relevant this might be , but is there any link between the farmhouse and Robert Louis Stevenson? We know that he regularly walked from town to Swanston on Cockmylane and must have passed by the farmhouse/grounds to do so.


Great campaign Liz, best of luck !